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Landon Elkind

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Which Works Warranted Russell's 1950 Nobel?
« on: September 22, 2017, 07:16:19 PM »
Howdy folks,

I am curious about Russell's 1950 Nobel Prize in Literature. I have two questions:
(1) Did the award committee find any work(s) of Russell's particularly meritorious, that is, did any particular works cause the committee to make the award?
(2) If not, let's have a thought experiment. Suppose you were sitting on the 1950 Nobel Prize award committee. What work(s) of Russell's do you think were sufficiently meritorious so as to make Russell deserving of the award?
I have my own thoughts on (2), but I want to see your answer! The prize motivation is rather vague: "in recognition of his varied and significant writings in which he champions humanitarian ideals and freedom of thought" (

This question arose from Iowa Chapter's discussion of Russell's 1929 Marriage and Morals last week. Thanks kindly!

Yours Truly,
« Last Edit: September 22, 2017, 07:20:10 PM by Landon Elkind »
Yours Truly,
Landon D. C. Elkind
PhD Student, University of Iowa
Treasurer, Bertrand Russell Society
Treasurer, Society for the Study of the History of Analytical Philosophy